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Preparing To Paint

If you are thinking about painting your home, any experience painter will tell you that preparation is the most important part of any painting project so before you begin, you should plan ahead to determine what you want your end results to be.

You can spoil a paint job before opening a can of paint so take a minute to think about your objectives.

  • What tools do you need?
  • How do you prepare to paint?
  • How much paint do you need?
  • Where can you buy the best paint for your money?
  • What brand of paint do you want to use?
  • Do you need to use a primer?
  • Do you need to patch holes and seal cracks before getting started.
  • How do you dispose of unused paint?
  • How do you clean and store your tools after you've completed your project.

These are all good questions to ask yourself before you get started.

There are different types of painting tools for different types of paint jobs.

  • High quality tools make painting quick and easy and they can be used over and over again if they are treated with care.
  • Cheaper paint brushes are okay to use but they may cause streaking and smearing so be careful with them. You may also have to dispose of them after one use.

Paint brushes, roller pads, and sponges come in many shapes, sizes, styles, and textures to meet the most basic painting projects and power tools, such as sprayers and rollers can be used for larger applications. You can also find tools for decorative painting jobs.

There are many brands of paint and each have different qualities. Some brands come with a primer already mixed in so you don't have to apply a separate primer when you begin.

It is beneficial to take the time and effort to cover furniture and flooring, tape windows and doors, and use the right types of paint and paint accessories.

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